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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QVAY3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.P. VINE VOICE on February 10, 2009
For those who don't already know, the "Legends Of Wrestling" program is a program on WWE 24/7 On Demand channel that's a round table discussion featuring Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, Pat Patterson, Michael Hayes, and Mike Graham speaking on various subjects. Throughout each discussion, you'll hear various personal & behind the scenes stories of each individual mentioned along with rare video highlights & pictures to showcase the point being put across. On each disc, you'll get a set of bonus matches with most of them never released on DVD before & even rare ones never seen on national television either...with Jesse Ventura's commentary not removed from the matches.

The panel here covered the criticism regarding Backlund's charisma & personality, his ability to work out & stay in shape...to this day at his age, the reasoning & setup behind his title reign, the role of his manager, why he left WWE after losing the title, and the reason why he's not in the WWE Hall Of Fame. Hulkster's discussion talked about his introduction to the wrestling business, charisma, time in AWA, effects of Hulkamania & impact of Rocky III, if he has overstayed his welcome, an interesting debate comparing him to Dusty Rhodes himself, and who made whom: WWE or Hogan.

Matches Include:
Hulk Hogan & High Flyers vs. Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura, Ken Patera - This was a nice six man tag that went back & forth between both teams at times with everyone have a chance to showcase their strengths.
AWA Aug. '81

Hulk Hogan & Andre The Giant vs. Bobby Heenan, Bobby Duncam, Nick Bockwinkel, Ken Patera - This was a unique handicap match as although there was double the amount of people on the Heenan's team, they only outweighed Hogan & Andre by 300 lbs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on November 10, 2010
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This DVD on Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan was originally part of a regular series on WWE 24/7 called "Legends Of Wrestling" which had a panel consisting of Jim Ross, "Freebird" Michael 'P.S.' Hayes, Championship Wrestling From Florida legend Mike Graham, 1st ever I-C champion Pat Patterson and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes!

In this one, you can't get any more polar opposites than these two! On one side, you have Bob Backlund who was about as old school as you can get! A master technician who wasn't the best mic man but with his skill and ability to put on an entertaining match, he really didn't need it! In his prime, Backlund was one of those guys you could've put in any era (including today) and would've held his own.

On the other side, you have Hulk Hogan. 6'8", 302lbs. of mostly muscle and charisma to boot! Maybe not the most technical wrestler out there but he knew how to talk people into the arena and was responsible with Vince McMahon for the WWE being where it is now.

The first half hour is devoted to Backlund. Mainly how he had different charisma as opposed to a Hogan or "Superstar" Billy Graham. Also, his legendary workout ethic is discussed (particularly by Mike Graham and Pat Patterson) as well as other topics.

The second half hour is devoted to Hulk Hogan. There, they talk mainly about his impact on the sport as a whole and how he made it mainstream. They also talk about his ability in the ring as opposed to a Ric Flair or a Dory Funk, Jr. They even compare him to Dusty Rhodes during this discussion.

Here are the bonus matches:

Hulk Hogan & The High Flyers ("Jumping" Jim Brunzell/Greg Gange) vs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigStory VINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
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As a long-time wrestling fan, it was like a homecoming listening to an extended discussion about Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund. The panel was especially intense talking about the Hulkster. Hayes put forth some interesting scenarios such as "if Dusty was put in the same position as Hulk Hogan in WM1 with the machine(WWF) behind it, would he have had the same level of success?"

Of course for some the proposed question might seem absurd. But for others it might be cause to think. And that's what makes this show interesting. Wrestlers and wrestling events from the past re-examined with a more critical eye. Although the panel did do plenty of smooching towards the Hulkster by constantly singing his praises as if he was the "God" of wrestling.

It's funny how both Spiros Arion and "Playboy" Buddy Rose are like the polar opposites of Backlund(with Backlund being a workout machine and Rose/Arion looking like they enjoy pizza a lot). Arion's favorite move seems to be that big/arrogant foot-stomp forward followed by a semi-hop and smug laugh. Both matches feature plenty of old-school headlock stalling moves interspersed by Backlund doing an athletic move or two.

Backlund/Snuka cage match was plenty bloody. Seems like there were extra mics around the ring since every move seem to produce an extra loud "thump". Backlund always has this goofy and befuddled look on his face right at the moment the ref raises his hands in victory. The AWA matches both take place in the St Paul Civic Center where there's just one stationary camera covering the action from a long view. You'd think the AWA could afford a 2nd camera.

The Hulk Hogan/"King" Harley Race match was from Saturday Night's Main Event. I remember watching and recording this event when it originally aired.
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